Clemson gets rare ACC double in 79-72 win over No. 3 Duke
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson gave its weary fans something to celebrate a night after losing the national championship game in football, getting a career-high 25 points from Aamir Simms in a 79-72 upset of No. 3 Duke on Tuesday night. It was the highest-profile upset for the Tigers since beating No. 1 North Carolina on their home court in February 2001. And just like that day, students rushed the court at Littlejohn Coliseum. It was the firstIt was the highest-profile upset for the Tigers since beating No. 1 North Carolina on their home court in February 2001. And just like that day, students rushed the court at Littlejohn Coliseum.
The Clemson football team has won 29 games in a row. Travis Etienne can make a solid claim as the best running back in Clemson history: He was the first Clemson player to be named Atlantic Clemson , which played its semifinal game near Phoenix before flying back to South Carolina, is also
The victory, which snapped Clemson ’s winning streak at 29 games , capped one of the most rigorous unbeaten runs any team has ever made. “ It ’s almost like we ’ re in another country,” Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons said on Saturday. “Everyone here is L.S.U. There’s not really many of us.”
NEW ORLEANS — To shower, change and get dressed in the loser's locker room was a new feeling for a swath of Clemson's roster, from the true freshman through sophomores who had won every game,, since joining a program with designs on cementing a dynasty equal to any in the sport's history.
Confidence was high in the weeks between the Fiesta Bowl and Monday night's College Football Playoff national championship game, even if the opponent, top-ranked LSU, represented the sort of challenge Clemson hadn't faced in completing another unbeaten regular season.
Clemson gets rare ACC double in 79-72 win over No. 3 Duke
Clemson shot over 56 percent from the field, and forced 15 Duke turnovers as the Tigers upset the Blue Devils 79-72. Check out the highlights from Clemson's first win over an AP Top 5 opponent since 2001 here!
The College Football Playoff title game could be a toss-up, with explosive offenses and talented They eventually pulled away, of course, but Clemson is much better than Mississippi State. Because while Clemson has almost undoubtedly had the best pass defense in the country for the
Clemson and LSU are playing in the 2020 national championship game in New Orleans on Clemson had an obvious disadvantage as far as the crowd was concerned at the Fiesta Bowl It ’s a nearly nine-hour road trip from Clemson to New Orleans. “ We ’ ll have a good amount of fans there
"We really felt super confident," said quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter.
will usher in a different sort of offseason. Clemson's dynasty was stopped in its tracks by an offense — — that did something no opponent had done during the Tigers' active five-year run: dominate the tone, tempo and tenor of a game with winner-take-all stakes.
So for the first time since the program's last loss,just over two years ago on this same field, Clemson was forced to answer the question: What went wrong?
"I really liked our plan going in, and man, the guys practiced so well for two weeks," said co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott,. "You just hope as a coach that your practice carries over to the field. And for whatever reason, we were just off. It wasn’t just one person, it was multiple guys all over the place."
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It was their first loss in 30 games and the quarterback's first loss since playing high school football in Because make no mistake: Clemson expects to be right back in the national championship game next Dabo Swinney says he's grateful for his team and how hard his players fought, but the better
It 's Clemson 's first national title since the 1981 season. (CNN) In the end, the sequel was better than the original. And this time, it was a happy ending for Clemson . The Crimson Tide couldn't hold off two-time Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson, and the second-ranked Tigers upset No. 1 Alabama in a
The answer is simple if unsatisfying, and not becoming of a program one game away from penciling itself into college football history. On this night, Clemson ran up against a better team — a once-in-a-generation powerhouse of perfection, a team synced up with the quarterback, scheme, talent, coaching and motivation to unseat the Tigers from atop the Football Bowl Subdivision.
"LSU was just the better team tonight," said senior center Sean Pollard. "Give all props to them."
Even still, Clemson players and coaches pointed to a series of mistakes, errors and missed opportunities rather than any schematic failures, let alone a gap in talent or athleticism that allowed LSU gain 628 yards of offense and storm into control after a sluggish first quarter.
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The LB was leading the Tigers in sacks when personal issues cropped up.Early last month, Michael Divinity left the LSU football team for what were described as personal reasons. Two weeks later, though, he was back practicing with the team. However, he hadn’t played in any of the last six games.
LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the team ’s leading rusher, was limited by a hamstring issue during LSU’s semifinal win over Oklahoma, but he Clemson ’s rise to national dominance in recent years has been overseen by Coach Dabo Swinney, who is relishing a rare opportunity to use his
Because make no mistake. Clemson expects to be right back in the national championship game next year in South Florida. With Lawrence back for his junior season, Clemson will be the heavy favorite to make it to the College Football Playoff for the sixth straight Dabo: The better team won tonight.
The Tigers' biggest failure can be seen on third down, with just one conversion in 11 tries after entering Monday night ranked 17th nationally in third-down efficiency. The issue stems from earlier downs: Clemson was unproductive in setting up easier conversions, allowing LSU to capitalize on its speed on clear passing downs.
There was a moment early when the Tigers seemed to have LSU on its heels, the first time the Tigers had faced any true strain sincein early November. Up 17-7 in the second quarter after a 96-yard touchdown drive, Clemson allowed a long touchdown strike on the ensuing possession as LSU morphed into the team that had put together a historic charge to the championship game.
"It’s about staying ahead of schedule, ahead of the chains," said quarterback Trevor Lawrence. "As good as they played defensively we had a lot of opportunities and just didn’t capitalize."
Lawrence will inevitably shoulder much of the blame for Clemson's offensive inefficiency. One year after bursting onto the national stage with a near-perfect performance in the lopsided win against Alabama, the sophomore had the worst game of his career in completing just 18 of his 37 attempts, including just eight of his last 22 throws, for 234 yards and no touchdowns. Lawrence had thrown for at least two scores in each of his games since October, and had at least one score in every game he had began and finished since ascending into the starting lineup last September.
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has this drill down. © APWF Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney speaks at a news conference for the NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in New Orleans. Clemson is scheduled to play LSU on Monday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) The Sunday before the College Football Playoff championship game a news conference is held with the head coaches. They compliment each other's team and talk about focus and preparation. After, they shake hands and pose for photographs with the trophy that goes to the winner.
The guys who authored Clemson ’s first national football championship know from experience the requirements to triumph at the They’re doing what our team always wanted to do — be the best you could be .” Built by Phenix City, Clemson ’s Justyn Ross gears up for another national title game .
— It began with a walk. Eight years ago, Dabo Swinney took over Clemson ’s football program as an interim head coach and instituted a pregame How did the Tigers do it ? With an indefatigable quarterback and the most thrilling of game - winning touchdown passes; with a host of slinky, stretchy
"We got ourselves in a bunch of pickles," said senior offensive tackle Tremayne Anchrum. "We had opportunities to win. The game was in our grasp the majority of the time and then we let it slip. So that’s a more painful loss than just losing outright.
"Ton of missed opportunities. Ton of mistakes. We can’t have that if you’re going to be a championship program."
Clemson's dynasty is deferred and delayed, but only momentarily. Several key pieces will depart, including three ahead of schedule in would-be seniors, Isaiah Simmons and Tee Higgins. But Lawrence will return, and "I think this is just going to take him to the next level," Pollard said. The staff remains intact minus Scott, while the youthful makeup of this year's roster will benefit from the ice-water reminder, courtesy of LSU, that winning a championship is not as easy as the program's recent history has made it look.
Clemson was given the same reminder two years ago after Alabama's convincing win in the national semifinals. What followed was one national championship and 29 wins in a row, tied for the fifth-longest streak during college football's modern era. Monday night's loss could spark a similar surge back to the top of the FBS.
"The message is yes, it didn’t end the way we wanted to," said co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott. "Not the moment that we want. But we’re not defined by a moment. We have an expectation as a program to get to this point year-in and year-out, and that’s our responsibility to learn from the mistakes in this game, to get better this spring and carry it into the summer. Just continue to do what we do as a program."
Joe Burrow says he played with torn rib cartilage in LSU title game win
Burrow suffered the injury on a hard but legal hit by Clemson defender late in the first half.Monday night, Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers capped off a magical 2019 season with a resounding win over Clemson in the national championship game in their own backyard. The Heisman Trophy winner, after a slow start by his lofty standards, finished strong. In completing 31-of-49 passes, Burrow threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns. More impressively, he didn’t toss an interception.
Clemson and coach Dabo Swinney could become the first program to win three titles in four years since the Alabama accomplished the feat in 2012. It ' ll be something that a lot of people want to see," Trump The last team to win back -to- back national titles with a perfect record was Nebraska in the
THE BIG PICTURE: Clemson was the better team — on both sides of the ball. And while they say defense wins championship, having WHAT WE ’ LL BE TALKING ABOUT: Whether Alabama fans can blame this loss on Lane Kiffin. We ’ ll never know what would have happened if Kiffin called the
Speaking to his team after the game, coach Dabo Swinney told Clemson to "keep our heads up," said wide receiver Tee Higgins. "You win some, you lose some. It’s been a hell of a run."
To Clemson, the loss to LSU was painful but not fatal, disappointing but educational. Four years ago, after, Swinney said Clemson now was fully aware of what it took to win a national championship, and "we'll get there," he promised. He was right. The Tigers will leave the Superdome and prepare for another run from a different point of view: Clemson knows it'll be back.
"We’ve been here before," said co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott. "We know what it looks like."
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